As the anti-racism protests continue, let’s see what Trump’s favorite evangelicals–the court evangelicals–are saying:
Eric Metaxas is still going strong. Today he and his producer lamented how this weekend too many evangelical churches in America were “dancing” with and “caving-in” to the protesters and “taking a knee to Baal” (1Kings 19). (I guess they means this). They mock protesters in Tarrytown, New York (a continuation of this) because “none of them were black.” Metaxas once again argues that systemic racism and institutional racism are “hoaxes.” His producer calls it “systemic leftism.” Watch:
Greg Laurie tweeted this meme:
I’m not sure what Laurie means here. It seems like our minds should also be on earth too, trying to apply work on creative ways to apply our faith to the challenges our society faces today. This kind of intellectual escapism is contrary to the kind of kingdom work Christians should be doing right now. It is really bad theology.
In case you missed this tweet the first time, Johnnie Moore, the self-proclaimed “modern-day Dietrich Bonhoeffer,” actually thinks Trump is a healer. Can he REALLY believe this? Tweets like this is why many of us think the members of the Christian Right are spiritual frauds and political captives to Trump and the GOP. This is a clear illustration of the idea of Trump as a strongman who white evangelicals have turned to for protection:
I will never forget seeing @POTUS @realDonaldTrump slowly & in-total-command walk from the @WhiteHouse across Lafayette Square to St. John’s Church defying those who aim to derail our national healing by spreading fear, hate & anarchy. After just saying, “I will keep you safe.” https://t.co/sH8jLg5pnz
— Rev. Johnnie Moore ن (@JohnnieM) June 1, 2020
Tony Perkins and Ben Carson think it is all a spiritual problem.
.@SecretaryCarson: When you remove God as the center of your life, you have to replace it with something else. And that something else is unlikely to be very good. And it doesn’t permeate love. God is love.https://t.co/RQa7Gj3eyI
— Tony Perkins (@tperkins) June 9, 2020
When it comes to these kinds of statements, pastor CJ Rhodes hits the nail on the head:
How convenient it is that when it comes to racism and white supremacy, the Evangelical solution is individualized heart change (which I believe in, btw). But when it comes to any other justice matter the Religious Right endorses, the solution is institutionalized policy change. https://t.co/VrwHcp6qCc
— CJ Rhodes (@RevRhodes) June 8, 2020
(Thanks to my friend David Moore for bringing Rhodes’s tweet to my attention).